Report: Illegal Immigration Grew by One Million in Biden’s First Year, Costing Taxpayers $9.4 Billion
Ending Title 42 will worsen the situation.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed that America saw illegal immigration increase “by approximately a million” during President Joe Biden’s first year.
The increase costs taxpayers “an additional $9.4 billion.”
States with the most illegal immigrants:
- California: 3.3 million
- Texas: 2.2 million
- Florida: 1.2 million
- New York: 1.1 million
States with the fewest illegal immigrants:
- North Dakota: 6,000
- West Virginia: 6,000
Fox News Digital received a copy of the report:
The study estimates that there are approximately 15.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, up from 14.5 million in 2020. Other estimates have typically put that number at around 11 million for years, but immigration hawks have expressed skepticism that the number has stayed flat given the increased activity at the border.
FAIR’s analysis also conducted a fiscal cost study, finding that illegal immigrants are imposing a net fiscal burden of at least $143.1 billion – an increase of $9.4 billion over 2020.
The group puts the increase in population down to two factors – the first being the improvement of the U.S. economy as it re-opens after COVID-19.
“Businesses are once again hiring, and many unscrupulous employers are using this as an opportunity to turn to reliably cheap labor to undercut the market and make up for lost profits resulting from economic shutdowns stemming from the pandemic,” the report says. “These unethical hiring practices occur even though millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed.”
Our new report finds that the illegal alien population increased by about 1 million in 2021, adding an additional $9.4 billion in costs to American taxpayers. In total, some 15.5 million illegal aliens now reside in the United States, costing you $143.1 billion a year. https://t.co/hA0TH6D62B
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) April 26, 2022
Biden’s policies also led to the surge in immigration since officials dismantled many of President Donald Trump’s immigration plans. Biden is already trying to end Title 42:
The second factor is the policies of the administration, which rolled back a number of Trump-era border policies and narrowed the scope of interior enforcement. FAIR claims that Biden “has effectively abolished the mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), preventing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from securing our southern border, and implementing measures that encourage mass illegal immigration.”
The report points to the narrowed interior enforcement, the ending of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), ending of border wall construction, continued designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and promising amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country as part of an immigration reform proposal.
“President Biden and the people he appointed to key positions in his administration have pursued the most radical open-borders policies in the history of any sovereign nation, and these new numbers bear that out,” FAIR President Dan Stein said in a statement accompanying the report. “If not for the COVID pandemic, which forced the administration to keep Title 42 in place last year, the additional influx and costs to American taxpayers would have been far greater.”
The Trump administration implemented Title 42 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to limit illegal immigration.
Biden wants to get rid of it. Fox Business learned at the end of March that DHS started to brace for over 500,000 migrants once the administration lifted Title 42.
One agent told Fox Business, “We are expecting to get wrecked.”
Vulnerable Democrats do not want Biden to get rid of Title 42. 21 states sued the administration over it. Even President Barack Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson came out against repealing Title 42. He knows Americans want the government to secure the border and pointed out that the border cannot handle the surge:
“Seven thousand a day is not sustainable in multiple respects,” Johnson stated. “It overwhelms the Border Patrol and ICE and their ability to keep up with these numbers, and obviously, it overwhelms the Biden administration politically.”
A federal judge said he will grant a Temporary Restraining Order after the states sued the administration. The states asked for the TRO because “the government already was failing to apply Title 42 so a TRO was needed to preserve the status quo while the Court considered a previously filed Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”DONATE
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